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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Trump Allies Lose Republican Primary in Colorado

DENVER ( Associated Press) — Republicans in Colorado have rejected two leading candidates who focused their campaigns on electoral lies. The result was a fresh reminder that former President Donald Trump’s allegiance to the lies of massive voter fraud is no guarantee of success among conservatives.

Tina Peters, the Mesa County official who gained national fame after being prosecuted for participating in a raid on her own county’s electoral system, lost her primary for the Republican nomination for Colorado Secretary of State.

Instead, Republicans chose Pam Anderson, a critic of Trump’s election lies, and a former suburban Denver official among election professionals. He will now face Democrat Jenna Griswold, the State’s Secretary of State, in the election.

Anderson said after his victory, “I will continue my fight to restore the confidence of Colorado voters in the face of lies and politicians or interest groups who try to use election management to political advantage.”

One of Peters’ main aides in Colorado, State Representative Ron Hanks, lost his bid for the Senate race to Joe O’D., a businessman who has repeatedly admitted that President Joe Biden has legitimately held the 2020 election. had won. It was the exact opposite of Hanks. , who attended a January 6 rally in Washington, does not believe Biden is the right president and says he found new purpose in fighting voter fraud after 2020.

Greg Lopez, a former mayor of a Colorado suburb who entered the race after promising to pardon Peters if he became governor, lost for that seat to Heidi Ganahal, a state university board member and a more traditional Republican. He will face Democratic Governor Jared Polis in November.

In other states that held primaries on Tuesday, Trump’s efforts to rewrite the results of the last election have failed. In Mississippi, Rep. Michael Guest, a Republican who turned Trump away by voting for an independent commission to investigate the Capitol storm, resisted the Air Force pilot’s challenge. And in Oklahoma, Senator James Lankford defeated an evangelical pastor in the primary who criticized Trump for not repeating his election lies.

The votes were disputed in the middle of a primary season that tested the solidity of Trump’s election lies, which were rejected by election officials, his own attorney general, and the courts, including the judges he appointed. did.

Trump has won a few wins this year, with candidates denied 2020 election results and winning Republican primaries for election official positions in Alabama, Indiana, Nevada and New Mexico. In Pennsylvania, on January 6, Doug Mastriano, who lives on Capitol Hill, won the Republican nomination for governor, and if elected he would be in a position to nominate the secretary of state, who oversees the elections.

In Utah, Senator Mike Lee won his Republican primary against two rivals who criticized Trump for his staunch allegiance and his uncompromising legislative style.

But there have been several notable defeats, especially in Georgia, where Trump recruited candidates to defeat the governor and secretary of state, who refused to declare him the unreasonable winner of the state in 2020. Both easily defeated their rivals.

The primaries were held at a time of political tension in the United States, just days after the Supreme Court struck down women’s constitutional right to obtain abortions.

After that decision, abortion gained prominence in the campaign. O’Dea is an unusual Republican who defends most abortion rights. He favors a ban on late-term abortions, but says the decision at earlier stages should be between “a mother and her god”. In November, he will face Democratic Senator Michael Bennett, who won his closest vote in 2010, lambasting his Republican opponent for opposing abortion rights.

Hanks opposes abortion in all circumstances, including rape, incest, or saving the mother’s life. Democrats, who saw him as the easiest candidate to defeat in November, spent more than $4 million in an unsuccessful bid to win him the nomination.

A similar strategy played out in Illinois, where farmer and state senator Darren Bailey garnered support from Trump late over the weekend. Democrats spent more than $16 million to promote him to Richard Irwin, the first black mayor of Aurora, the state’s second largest city. Irwin was considered a more difficult opponent for Governor JB Pritzker, and had strong support from Republican donors.

At her victory party, Bailey said she represents “ordinary people” and vowed to win in November.

Chicago attorney Cathy Salvi won the Republican Senate nomination over six other candidates and will face Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran who is wildly popular and unopposed in the primary.

In addition to Colorado, Illinois, Mississippi and Oklahoma, elections were held in Utah, New York, Nebraska and South Carolina. Tuesday was the last night of primaries in many states until August, when candidates for governor of the US Senate will be selected in Arizona, Wisconsin, Florida, Missouri and other states.

Not all votes were a conclusive rejection of electoral denial. In Utah, two Republican critics of Trump failed to defeat Sen. Mike Lee, whom they accused of favoring the former president and helping him try to reverse the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.

Also in Colorado, belligerent Rep. Lauren Boebert easily defeated her primary opponent, Liberal State Sen. Don Corum.

In addition to a gubernatorial candidate, Illinois chose congressmen in rare votes among elected representatives due to redistribution last year. Democratic Rep. Sean Castane defeated Rep. Mary Newman in a Chicago-area district. And Republican Rep. Rodney Davis, one of the last moderates in the GOP caucus, fell to Trump-backed Rep. Mary Miller, who at a rally with the former president this weekend called the Supreme Court’s decision a “victory for white lives.” as described. A spokesperson said he meant “the right to life.”

In Mississippi, Republican Representative Steven Palazzo lost his primary after six terms in office. A report from the Congressional Ethics Office accused him of embezzling campaign funds last year.

In New York, Democratic Governor Cathy Hochul, who last held command of the state when Andrew Cuomo resigned amid a sexual assault scandal, easily outclassed rivals from the party’s left and center. He will face Rep. Lee Zeldin, who won the Republican nomination against several contenders, including Andrew Giuliani, the former New York mayor and son of Trump confidant Rudolph Giuliani. Trump did not endorse any candidate in that vote.

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Associated Press writers Sarah Burnett in Chicago and Claire Savage in McHenry, Illinois contributed to this report.

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